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2017 SLIFF BUZZ: A SELECTION

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Afri, Antisemitism, Art, Asia, Doc, Film, Genocide, Hispanic, History, Human Rights, Humor, Ideas, Jewish, Judaism, Juif, Magyar, Media, Middle-East, Music, Native, Peace, Politics, Racism, Shoah, Site, STL, Time, US, Violence, Women, Youth |

Like with all of the St. Louis International Film Festivals (SLIFF), the 26th version makes it very easy again to be overwhelmed by the number of films presented. Ready for this year’s astounding stats?

Over 2400 submissions, plus a few hundred films from distributors, sales agents and studios.
After careful vetting, these are the winners:
372 films from 64 countries

When I introduce SLIFF to someone who is not familiar with it, I tell them that this is a fantastic way to travel the world and a rare chance to watch films that will possibly never reappear in St. Louis (nor possibly in the US)…

… even if they are masterpieces!
And every year, such pieces make their way to SLIFF,
UNFORGETTABLE FILMS! (…)

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Judgement in Hungary (US Premiere!)

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Doc, Magyar, Racism, Roma, Site, STL, Violence |

This free screening, the US Premiere of a riveting courtroom drama documentary that has played in front of the European and the Hungarian Parliament and on French, German and Canadian television (besides other countries), will take place at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum Sunday March 26 at 1 p.m. “Judgement in Hungary” – Filmmaker Eszter Hajdú spent three years following the trial of four men charged with killing Roma children and adults, motivated by “racial hatred.” The young filmmaker and her crew documented the 167 days of hearings in this intense, award-winning drama set in a small court room in Budapest, Hungary. Having played in 32 countries and the recipient of 19 international awards, the film has been broadcast in Switzerland, Germany, France, Netherlands […]

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SLIFF 16 BUZZ – Highlights & Recommendations

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Afri, Antisemitism, Asia, Death, France, French, Hispanic, Jewish, Middle-East, Native, Racism, STL |

[WITH 3 GEMS!!] Again, the St. Louis wow-festival is a trip! This year, SLIFF after 2300 submissions – not counting distributors and studio considerations – will screen 420 films from 72 countries! Below are *some* recommendations – I am missing many but my time is restricted at this time. 1.The good bets that I have not seen have no check marks. 2.Those I can vouch for are marked with an [X] 3. Those I very much appreciate: [X][X] 3.Those stand-outs, the gems, have an [X][X][X] …

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Francofonia by Sokurov

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Art, Complexity, Death, Doc, Film, France, History, Ideas, Mystery, Review, STL, Time, Violence, Wars |

Excerpt from my review: “We eagerly divide up our lives into past, present, future (and history), and act as if the riddle of time, this most perplexing mystery, had been solved. Yet, a few scientists, philosophers, artists, poets, filmmakers and other mystics keep venturing outside these ready-made formulas….. Through a rich mixture of documentary and fiction footage, composed like the free verse reflections of a visual archeologist – the film plays with our tired eyes: will it be able to jolt us out of our endless complacency and arrogance?” […]

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